The Carver County Attorney's Office
Mark Metz is the Carver County Attorney. The office is comprised of 32 employees, including 17 attorneys, 9 support staff personnel, three paralegals, one Victim Witness Coordinator and one Law Clerk. The office is split into three divisions – Juvenile, Civil and Criminal. The office also provides support to crime victims.
The Carver County Attorney's Office Civil Division represents and advises the Carver County Board of Commissioners and Carver County governmental departments.
The Civil Division handles civil law matters and cases referred to them by departments including the Carver County Sheriff's Office, Social Services, and Public Health. The caseload also includes Child Support enforcement and Paternity actions, Civil Commitments, and cases and legal matters regarding planning and zoning, environmental services, vehicle forfeitures, land condemnations, tax petitions, licensing, contracts and dog bites as well as other issues.
The Carver County Attorney's Office Juvenile Division prosecutes juvenile delinquents and protects children through child protection petitions. Delinquency matters include all petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies committed in Carver County by children under 18 years of age.
The Juvenile Division works closely with the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the Chaska Police Department and Carver County Social Services to serve the community.
The Carver County Attorney's Office Criminal Division prosecutes all felony-level offenses committed by adults, in Carver County. The Division also prosecutes petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors on behalf of 10 cities in Carver County.
The Criminal Division works closely with the Carver County Sheriff's Office, the Chaska Police Department, the Judiciary and Court Administration to serve the community.
The Carver County Attorney's Office has a Victim Witness Coordinator who is responsible for contacting victims of adult criminal and juvenile delinquency matters that are misdemeanor or greater offenses.
The Victim Witness Coordinator works closely with victims to notify them of:
- Their rights as a victim;
- The prosecution process and their right to participate;
- Plea agreements that have been offered and to get victim input;
- Changes in court proceedings; and
- The final disposition of a case.
Victims are also notified of their right to protection, right to restitution and their right to apply for financial assistance.